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Competitors in Massa’s all-star kart race pray for Schumacher’s recovery (VIDEO)

Jan 12, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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This weekend in Brazil, the competitors in Felipe Massa’s “Desafio Internacional des Estrelas” karting event took a moment to support Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who remains in critical condition and in a medically induced coma after suffering a severe head injury during a skiing accident late last month.

According to an English press release from XYZ Live, all 24 racers gathered in the middle of the track’s infield to pray for Schumacher’s recovery and then hold up a banner with the words “Força Schumi” – Stay Strong, Schumi in Portuguese. The same Portuguese message was also on stickers that were put on the front nose of all the karts.

As for the race itself, the field was mostly made up of Brazilian competitors including Massa, Schumacher’s old Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, and IndyCar racers Ana Beatriz and Felipe Giaffone (2001-2006).

However, it was an Italian and Swiss 1-2 in the end, as former F1 pilot Vitantonio Liuzzi took the checkered flag by six seconds over current Red Bull tester Sebastien Buemi, who logged the fastest lap of the race.

Massa, preparing to begin a new chapter in his career at Williams this season, nabbed the last spot on the podium at 10.6 seconds behind Liuzzi.

“It was a wonderful weekend,” Liuzzi said according to the release. “The kart was pretty good after a few adjustments we made between FP2 and qualifying. Definitely, we found the best set up. I made a good start and was able to pull away from the battles behind me and that was the key to [the] win.”

  1. worknman24hours - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Come on back Schumi-you can’t let Felipe beat you back.

    Man,I remember when Ralf scared the crxp out of us at Indy too.

    You can’t let Ralf beat you back.

    I’d bet Ralf and Felipe ( as well as a whole lotta other people) got a couple of cold beers waiting for you when you come on back.

    You can trade stories about a spring, a rock and a Indy concrete wall.

    I got a Fosters waiting to salute you when I read you came out of the coma.

    Come on back to your family, Mikey.

    You got several tens of millions of friends who want you back too.

    Ain’t no rock tough enough to keep a Schumacher down for long.

    In our thoughts everyday, racing brother.

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